25 children attend workshop on robots

Students of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Giftedness and Creativity organise training for AMAF beneficiaries

Staff Report
12:44 September 11, 2017
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Dubai: The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) on Monday announced that 25 children in its care attended a training workshop organised by students of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Giftedness and Creativity in Dubai in line with the Year of Giving.

The workshop focused on the theoretical and practical applications of robots, their importance in the world we live in, and their possible future roles.

Participants were also introduced to the latest innovations in the manufacturing, designing and programming of robots.

Tayeb Al Rais, secretary-general of AMAF, said: “Our digitised world is fast-evolving and offers a myriad ideas, concepts and technologies that will change the way we live in the future. We need to prepare and equip a new generation with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the changes and integrate innovations and processes that will help shape the future.”

“This initiative allows our minors to identify their own latent creative talent that can eventually contribute to advancing the UAE’s scientific journey.”

Zainab Juma Al Tamimi, deputy director of Minors Affairs at AMAF, said: “AMAF’s orphans and minors are skilled in many fields, such as science, literature, art and sports. With careful nurturing, they can grow their capacities and utilise them for the greater benefit of society.”

Mariam Al Ghawi, director of the Gifted Welfare Department at the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Award, said the centre has achieved many milestones within a short period, including winning the bronze medal in the Robotics World Championship 2017 that was held in Washington, D.C.

The centre also won the first prize in the UAE at the First Lego League UAE organised by the Ministry of Education in partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council, that required teams to design, build and program robots.